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Roebuck Inn, Stevenage

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An old coaching inn which is now a Best Western hotel, which usually guarantees a reasonable standard. The bar is small, dark and cosy. One beer - Bombardier - was available on handpump. It was fine, if a little warm.
I'd be quite happy to have a beer in this pub again. It's certainly preferable to most of the dives in Stevenage.
Number11 - 1 Jun 2014 11:20
After ale was totally removed from here, it has now been brought back. Usually only 1 but have tried Adnams Lighthouse and Bombardier both were fine whilst washing down a curry in the Indian restaurant at the back. Definitely improved recently. Worth a visit following recent times of pure lager hell.
Bernie5 - 30 Dec 2013 13:24
Got drawn back in to here because 'there ain't much else around'. Got served a bit swifter this time (always give somewhere a 2nd chance). However there was only Pride on and it was watery and second rate. Tried it twice and not happy with it - won't be a third time.
anonymous - 16 May 2011 00:18
Going through a hotel foyer to a small bar does kind of put you off,,,,, but once you get through to the quaint little bar nothing puts you off eeven more thanit being unstaffed. The poor bloke before me hadbeen there long enough before I noticed a buzzer to press for service,,, I pressed it twice - the locals hthen chirped in sayin someone should pres the buzzer. It's a hotel and the bar doesn't seem to matter - got fed up with waiting so went elsewhere. Unless you have an afternoon to waste I wouldn't bother with the place.
anonymous - 5 Feb 2011 21:43
The Best Westen logo on the wall might make your heart sink, but the bar is an excellent, cosy little pubby place with a good choice of ales at fair prices. Coped admirably with the varying demands of West Ham fans watching their side escape relegation on the telly and raucously excited Salisbury City fans on their way to the Conference.
WebelMC - 15 May 2007 20:44
I visited about a month ago, better than I expected. I never looked at this place thinking it would seel real ales, afeter all it's a hotel. Pub part is a small room with small bar and TV. Usually people in there watching football but it's calm. The beer was superb, they had Marstons Pedigree which I haven;t seen in any other pub in and around Stevenage. They also had I think it was 3 other guest ales. I tried a pint of one of them and it was very nice. If your lucky you can sit in the small area between the bar and reception where the fire is as there are sofas there. Outside seeting too but right near busy roads.

Don't even bother going to the brewers fare place across the road unless that's your thing. Instead do what one of the other reviews said and walk up to the Mutual Friend. North Herts Camra HQ, well worth it.
NeilA - 2 Oct 2006 20:08
Interesting from EmmaG, I went in on New Years Day and the beer was fine. However, smokey is an understatement, due to its small size I guess, the fire is superb until it gets really going then its too much for the small room! Our Mutual Friend is much better in my view and only a 5 minute walk away.
Bernie5 - 12 Mar 2006 17:40
Frequented by regulars and hotel guests this pub is a bit like someones front room; it's quite small and dark and always smoky. In the winter they have an open fire which makes it quite cosy. Quiz night once a month on a Sunday, don't take it too seriously though, especially if 'Bob' is in! Problems with the beer recently - it seems to be awful all the time, the glasses were blamed to start with but it still hasn't been resolved, I think a major overhaul is in order, not that it seems to worry the regular crowd too much, gives them something to talk about!
EmmaG - 9 Feb 2006 12:35

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